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The purpose of a pre-employment background investigation, for all intents and purposes, is to verify that the application you have submitted and any statements you have made to the Police Service concerning your qualifications, are true.
As an employer the Police Service has a legal duty to know the persons whom it employs. It is an mandated part of the Constable Selection Process criteria in addition to the background investigation before employment. In other organizations it is merely a case of public policy or prudence before placing someone in a position of public trust.
You must understand that a lack of truthfulness or deception of any type on your part will automatically and irrevocably result in your application being rejected from further consideration.
For some people, there may be one or more incidents or occurrences in their background which they regret or over which they may feel some embarrassment. A prospective employer will not make inquiries into areas of a persons background which have no legitimate bearing on their qualifications for the job. However, you should understand that the mere presence of so-called Negative information in your background is not automatically disqualifying. For example, an applicant may have engaged in petty thievery as a child, have used illegal drugs, may have been fired from a job or even have been convicted of a crime as an adult. While these things, in and of themselves, may not automatically remove that person from consideration for a job, lying about them will.
A pre-employment background investigation is not intended to be an intimidating experience or an unwarranted invasion into your privacy. Your background investigator will contact persons who know you, including present and/or former employers, and will examine official documents and records concerning you to assure that you have been honest in your application in order to fulfill the legal mandates imposed by the Ontario Chiefs of Police and the requirements of the Constable Selection Process. The more forthright you have been, the greater the likelihood that your background can be completed in a timely and successful manner.
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